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Resources on Emergency Birth Control Pills from National, State, and Local Organizations

This section provides information about: 1) Web site resources on emergency birth control pills; 2) sexual violence hotlines and Web sites; 3) professional resources on emergency birth control pills; 4) position statements from professional medical organizations regarding emergency birth control pills; 5) recent professional literature reviews on emergency birth control pills; and 6) sexual health information Web sites for consumers.

Woman Photo1. Web Site and Hotline Resources on Emergency Birth Control Pills

2. Hotlines and Web Sites for Survivors of Sexual Violence

3. Professional Resources on Emergency Birth Control Pills

  • American Society for Emergency Contraception: ASEC is a collaboration of organizations working to improve women's access to emergency contraception, especially in the United States. ASEC serves as: a source of information on emergency contraception for the media and others; a watchdog for inaccurate or biased articles in the press; a support to other organizations willing to endorse emergency birth control pills; and a source of information, primarily through a semi-annual electronic newsletter on recent events related to emergency contraception. For the newsletter, visit http://www.emergencycontraception.org
  • American Pharmacists Association: Emergency Contraception: the Pharmacist’s Role, updated edition [APhA Special Report] Washington, DC: Author, 2004. This continuing education booklet is available online to members at http://www.aphanet.org
  • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: ARHP offers an entire Web section devoted to emergency contraception, including professional and consumer health information, news coverage, fact sheets, and training materials. Visit http://www.arhp.org
  • Bridging the Gap Foundation: Offering accurate, practical information about contraceptive options, including emergency birth control pills, A Pocket Guide to Managing Contraception is written for health care providers and may be downloaded at no cost. (111 pages) Visit : http://www.managingcontraception.com
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA): On August 24, 2006, the FDA (www.fda.gov) approved nonprescription sales for Plan B® emergency birth control pills for women 18 years and older. The announcement of this decision is available at: http://www.fda.gov
  • International Consortium for Emergency Contraception: Emergency Contraceptive Pills: Medical and Service Delivery Guidelines, 2nd ed. New York: Author, 2004; visit http://www.cecinfo.org
  • National Conference of State Legislatures: 50 State Summary of Emergency Contraception Laws Denver CO: Author, 2006; updated annually, this summary is a quick and accurate guide to each state’s laws, if any, on emergency contraception. Visit http://www.ncsl.org
  • Not-2-Late.com: http://ec.princeton.edu Operated by the Office of Population Research at Princeton University and by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, the site offers accurate information – for both consumers and health care providers – about emergency birth control pills, including: a nationwide (but incomplete) directory of medical professionals who will prescribe emergency contraception and pharmacies that will fill prescriptions; current information about the brands of oral contraceptives that can be used as emergency contraception; and a summary of current research.
  • Reproductive Health Technologies Project: http://www.rhtp.org provides information about reproductive health issues, including emergency contraception and advocacy for reproductive rights.
  • South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: http://www.teenpregnancysc.org The South Carolina Campaign aims to prevent adolescent pregnancy in South Carolina through education, advocacy, technical assistance, public awareness and research. The Web site offers information on trends and data, model prevention programs and training opportunities as well as an issue brief on emergency contraception highlighting key facts, the latest research, and position statements from professional associations.

4. South Carolina Emergency Contraception Initiative Partner Organizations

5. Position Statements on Emergency Birth Control Pills

Position statements of prominent medical, public health, and reproductive rights organizations regarding emergency birth control pills, their efficacy, and availability are available online; where noted, the statement is available only to members.

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Adolescence. Emergency contraception: policy statement. Pediatrics 2005; 116:1026-1035; http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;116/4/1026
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Emergency contraception. ACOG Practice Bulletin: Clinic Management Guidelines [No. 69]. Washington, DC: Author, December 2005; members can access this document at http://www.acog.org
  • American Medical Association, Council on Medical Service. Access to Emergency Contraception [H-75.985] Chicago, IL: AMA, 2006; http://www.ama-assn.org
  • American Medical Women’s Association. Emergency Contraception. Arlington, VA: Author, 2005; http://www.jamwa.org
  • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. Position Statement; http://www.arhp.org
  • Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health: http://www.prch.org
  • Society for Adolescent Medicine. Provision of emergency contraception to adolescents: position paper of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Journal of Adolescent Health 2004; 35:66-70; http://www.adolescenthealth.org

6. Recent Professional Literature Reviews on Emergency Birth Control Pills

In addition to the literature reviews included in the position statements of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Women’s Association, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine (see links in the previous section), other important literature reviews (circa 2004 or later) are listed in this section.

  • Conard LAE, Fortenberry JD, Blythe MJ, Orr DP. Emergency contraceptive pills: a review of the recent literature. Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology 2004; 16:389-395.
  • International Consortium for Emergency Contraception. Emergency Contraceptive Pills: Medical and Service Delivery Guidelines, 2nd ed. New York: Author, 2004; http://www.cecinfo.org
  • Ranney ML, Gee EM, Merchant RC. Nonprescription availability of emergency contraception in the United States: current status, controversies, and impact on emergency medicine practice. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2006; 47:461-471.
  • Trussell J, Stewart F, Raymond EG. Emergency Contraception: A Last Chance to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy. Princeton, NJ: Office of Population Research, Princeton University, February 2008 Available online at http://ec.princeton.edu/questions/ec-review.pdf
  • World Health Organization. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 3rd edition, 168 p. Geneva, Switzerland: Author, 2004; http://www.who.int

7. Consumer Health Information Regarding Emergency Birth Control Pills

  • 1.888.NOT.2.LATE or 1.866.EN.TRES.DIAS: English and Spanish (respectively) language hotlines, operating 24/7, to direct women to a supportive health care provider near them.
  • Back Up Your Birth Control: http://www.backupyourbirthcontrol.org The Campaign encourages women to get emergency birth control pills from their health care provider before they need them.
  • Emergency Contraception Web Site: http://ec.princeton.edu The site provides a directory of clinicians in your area who willing to provide emergency birth control pills.
  • Go Ask Alice: http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu Produced by Columbia University's Health Education Program, this site has questions and answers on all kinds of relationship, sexuality, and sexual health issues.
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America: http://www.plannedparenthood.org This site offers informative papers on emergency contraception, its history, barriers to access, and the difference between emergency birth control pills and abortion. The site also offers referral to local clinics.
  • Sex Etc: http://www.sexetc.org By teens and for teens, this site helps youth stay healthy, including avoiding unintended pregnancy.
  • Teenwire: http://www.teenwire.com This Planned Parenthood site offers great information on sexuality and relationships as well as referral to local clinics.
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